Our achievements. Our accomplishments. Our impact.



  • Evidence-Based Policy Making

    When the Stem Cell Network launched in 2001, its most pressing goal was to address the policy vacuum that was constraining stem cell research in Canada. SCN and its members provided credible, research-based evidence and recommendations that were critical in the development of Canada’s regulatory landscape for stem cell research.

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  • Clinical Trials

    When the Stem Cell Network was first funded, its leadership considered that catalyzing a single clinical trial during its 14-year mandate would have been a success. Instead, the Network’s research investments have led to 12 clinical trials on various diseases, with even more in the development pipeline.

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  • Student Engagement

    In collaboration with educators, researchers and graduate-level trainees, the Stem Cell Network has directly engaged thousands of high school students across the country to enhance their learning about various aspects of stem cell research.

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  • Commercialization

    The Stem Cell Network’s catalysis of commercialization of stem cell research has led to 399 patent applications, 60 issued patents, 43 licenses granted, the growth or launch of 11 start-up biotechnology companies and the establishment of a new Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) to develop a strong industry presence in several emerging technology areas likely to be crucial to the future delivery of stem cell-based therapies.

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  • Career Development

    The multidisciplinary research and training program offered by the Stem Cell Network enriched and accelerated the careers of hundreds of young researchers, many of whom can now be found across industry, government and academia.

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  • Cancer Stem Cells

    A seminal Canadian discovery demonstrated that cancer stem cells are a significant reason for high relapse rates after cancer treatments. In recognition of this, the Stem Cell Network has invested heavily finding ways to target and attack them.

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